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December 27, 1890

THE METRIC SYSTEM AND THE SEVENTH DECENNIAL REVISION OF THE U. S. P.Read before the Missouri State Pharmaceutical Association 1890.

JAMA. 1890;XV(26):919-920. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410520003001b

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It is probable that in less than two years the seventh decennial revision of the Pharmacopœia of the United States of America will be in the market and ready for the pharmaceutical and medical professions. The progressive druggists of the country will adopt it their law and guide in the manufacture of pharmaceutical preparations and the identification of all official substances. The doctors who are alive to the interests of the times will look to the pharmacopœia for all information that it contains for physicians.

Among the new features of the revised work will be the adoption of the metric system of weights and measures in the manufacture of preparations. The system of "parts" in the previous revision was more conveniently handled by the metric system than any other, but the new work will have the decimal system itself prescribed.

There seems to be some misunderstanding among the pharmacists of

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